Chennai v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Chennai April 5, 2013

Chennai brimming with in-form players

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Match facts

April 6, 2013
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings flagged off IPL 2012 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Two strong sides played out a tepid match, with Mumbai trouncing the hosts. Mumbai's opening game of this edition didn't quite go to plan, losing narrowly to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game that see-sawed in the final stages. With the asking rate climbing during Mumbai's chase, Royal Challengers appeared to have the match in control, but Dinesh Karthik's three consecutive sixes eased the equation considerably. Though Karthik failed to see the side through, Mumbai would have been better served if Karthik had more support.

Not for the first time, Kieron Pollard walked in later than he should have (he got to face only two deliveries). For the past few seasons, fans have pushed for a promotion in the batting order and never understood Mumbai's conservative approach to Pollard. Perhaps there is a good reason for that strategy, but it is hard to fathom. Had he been set, the result could have been different. Despite the defeat, Mumbai needn't tinker with their line-up. Lasith Malinga missed the game due to injury, but he will be forced to sit out the second match, fit or not, since the game's in Chennai.

Super Kings haven't always been the strongest starters. Given the form of their protagonists from the Australia Tests - MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and M Vijay - it's hard to imagine the side stuttering. The ban on Sri Lanka players affects them the least, given they have only two such players in their line-up, who aren't automatic picks. Chennai are without Faf du Plessis for at least the first month due to injury, while two other South Africans, Albie Morkel and Chris Morris join the team after the South African domestic T20 competition ends on April 7. .

Players to watch

After being smacked for three fours off his first four balls, Jasprit Bumrah's selection was starting to look farcical for Mumbai Indians. Bumrah scripted a remarkable turnaround, picking up three wickets on IPL debut. His unusual high-arm action makes him worth watching, and his performance should guarantee at least another game. He bowls from wide of the crease and generates a sharp angle into the right-handers, which fetched him two of his three wickets.

Ravindra Jadeja has in recent times been the butt of jokes on social media networks for failing to justify his two-million-dollar price tag. While Jadeja may have underachieved as a batsman for India, respect for him should have grown following the Australia Tests in which he picked up 24 wickets, second behind Ashwin (29).

2012 head-to-head

Mumbai won the opening game by eight wickets, chasing down a paltry 113. The second match, at Wankhede Stadium, was a nailbiter, with Dwayne Smith playing a blinder for Mumbai with 16 needed off the final over. Smith smashed three boundaries off the last three balls to steal a two-wicket win for Mumbai. Super Kings hit back in the Elimination final, winning by 38 runs in Bangalore.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai lead the head-to-head with seven wins against Super Kings, out of 13 games.
  • Suresh Raina was the leading run-scorer for Super Kings last season with 441 runs in 19 games.
  • Sachin Tendulkar is the top-scorer in matches between the two sides, with 353 runs at an average of 44.12 from 10 innings.

Quotes

"The focus is on a few star players, both Indian and foreign, but there are others too who have contributed immensely. Take Badrinath for instance. He might not be a big hitter but has come up with several important performances for the team."
MS Dhoni, the Super Kings captain

"It was the first time that I played in front of such huge crowd but I wasn't paying any attention to the crowd. The more you focus on the inside, the better it is."
Jasprit Bumrah on his first taste of the IPL.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Krishhhhh on | April 6, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    The problem chennai faced previous seasons was clubbing too many all rounders in the team .. Just like pune faced yesterday. Everybody can bat and bowl a bit and a big cavity on strike bowlers .. Fleming and team have done their home work and the hole is filled with mix of local and Overseas seam bowlers. Compared to other teams Chennai got the perfect mix of Batsman (Hussey, Badri, Raina, Vijay) all rounders (RJ, Bravo, Morkel, Morris, aparajith) and bowlers (ashwin, Nannes, hilfy, laughling) .. and the perfect balance in WK MSD !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Its very ezee for chennai to win the lots of match bcoz of talented players, i will go for chennai. for todays win.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | April 6, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Batting Pollard anywhere lower than second drop seems a daft waste of a resource - he can turn a game around with a handful of hits - but not if he only faces two balls, or doesn't even get off the bench. Not easy to understand Mumbai's reasoning here.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Badly missing albie n faf today :'(

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    After losing the first match, the pressure is definitely on Mumbai Indians. Bumrah didn't impress me despite taking (three?) wickets. I won't be surprised if they don't play him today. With a loud and energetic crowd in Chennai hungry for the home opener, I don't think Mumbai stands a chance. Chennai wins by 6 wickets or 25 runs.

  • POSTED BY grandad40 on | April 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    the sucess of csk is to be attributed mainly to the form of msd,raina,ashwin and vijay last yr due to inconsistency of fab 4 of csk the team was up and down...but now adding the gr8 form of jaddu to these 4 i believe csk is the team to beat...being a neutral ipl fan i believe csk have the best(70%)chance of lifting the cup this year as it is the only team wherein players wont leave midway

  • POSTED BY JBSA on | April 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    For CSK, this is the stage where they can test up with the Indian Pace Bowlers More, Ahmed and Rajpoot. With More being regarded as pacy and Ahmed being Racy, lets see to it. Because you can have both Nannes and Hilfy for these 2 matches untill Albie and Morris joining. So even if they are smacked these two fill it in up.

    M VJ, Mr.Cricket, Stunning Raina, Ever Dependable Badri, Big Dog Bravo, Mr.Cool MSD, Rock Star, Ash, Ahmed/More/Rajpoot, Hilfy, Rapid Nannes/ Loveable Laughin

  • POSTED BY NikhilCh on | April 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    T20 cricket needs players who can perform in all the three departments of the game, be it with the bat, the ball or in the field. Ojha fails on both accounts i.e batting and fielding as compared to Bhajji. Also regarding the bowling in T20 cricket, Harbhajan is miles better as compared to Ojha. This is T20 cricket. Do not confuse it with Test Match Cricket. Also an inform Harbhajan is miles better than Ojha in test match cricket. He needs to be given the confidence right now and people should have faith in him instead of dropping him after giving him 1 or 2 chances and expecting him to perform brilliantly in those chances in test match cricket. If u would have seen the last match, you would have seen him with excellent figures of 4 overs 21 runs and 1 wicket and tying down Chris Gayle in no small feat considering the guy was ready to hit all the bowlers out of the stadium at that time.

  • POSTED BY PointFielder on | April 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Chennai has advantage in all home matches as they have banned SriLankan players from playing at their home ground. CSk will miss senanayake whereas MI will miss Malinga !!!!. Pune will miss Mathews and Mendis !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    CSK XI vijay, huss, raina , aparajit, dhoni, bravo, jadeja, ashvin, hilf, nannes, jakati or imtiaz ahmed

  • POSTED BY Krishhhhh on | April 6, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    The problem chennai faced previous seasons was clubbing too many all rounders in the team .. Just like pune faced yesterday. Everybody can bat and bowl a bit and a big cavity on strike bowlers .. Fleming and team have done their home work and the hole is filled with mix of local and Overseas seam bowlers. Compared to other teams Chennai got the perfect mix of Batsman (Hussey, Badri, Raina, Vijay) all rounders (RJ, Bravo, Morkel, Morris, aparajith) and bowlers (ashwin, Nannes, hilfy, laughling) .. and the perfect balance in WK MSD !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Its very ezee for chennai to win the lots of match bcoz of talented players, i will go for chennai. for todays win.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | April 6, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Batting Pollard anywhere lower than second drop seems a daft waste of a resource - he can turn a game around with a handful of hits - but not if he only faces two balls, or doesn't even get off the bench. Not easy to understand Mumbai's reasoning here.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Badly missing albie n faf today :'(

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    After losing the first match, the pressure is definitely on Mumbai Indians. Bumrah didn't impress me despite taking (three?) wickets. I won't be surprised if they don't play him today. With a loud and energetic crowd in Chennai hungry for the home opener, I don't think Mumbai stands a chance. Chennai wins by 6 wickets or 25 runs.

  • POSTED BY grandad40 on | April 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    the sucess of csk is to be attributed mainly to the form of msd,raina,ashwin and vijay last yr due to inconsistency of fab 4 of csk the team was up and down...but now adding the gr8 form of jaddu to these 4 i believe csk is the team to beat...being a neutral ipl fan i believe csk have the best(70%)chance of lifting the cup this year as it is the only team wherein players wont leave midway

  • POSTED BY JBSA on | April 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    For CSK, this is the stage where they can test up with the Indian Pace Bowlers More, Ahmed and Rajpoot. With More being regarded as pacy and Ahmed being Racy, lets see to it. Because you can have both Nannes and Hilfy for these 2 matches untill Albie and Morris joining. So even if they are smacked these two fill it in up.

    M VJ, Mr.Cricket, Stunning Raina, Ever Dependable Badri, Big Dog Bravo, Mr.Cool MSD, Rock Star, Ash, Ahmed/More/Rajpoot, Hilfy, Rapid Nannes/ Loveable Laughin

  • POSTED BY NikhilCh on | April 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    T20 cricket needs players who can perform in all the three departments of the game, be it with the bat, the ball or in the field. Ojha fails on both accounts i.e batting and fielding as compared to Bhajji. Also regarding the bowling in T20 cricket, Harbhajan is miles better as compared to Ojha. This is T20 cricket. Do not confuse it with Test Match Cricket. Also an inform Harbhajan is miles better than Ojha in test match cricket. He needs to be given the confidence right now and people should have faith in him instead of dropping him after giving him 1 or 2 chances and expecting him to perform brilliantly in those chances in test match cricket. If u would have seen the last match, you would have seen him with excellent figures of 4 overs 21 runs and 1 wicket and tying down Chris Gayle in no small feat considering the guy was ready to hit all the bowlers out of the stadium at that time.

  • POSTED BY PointFielder on | April 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Chennai has advantage in all home matches as they have banned SriLankan players from playing at their home ground. CSk will miss senanayake whereas MI will miss Malinga !!!!. Pune will miss Mathews and Mendis !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    CSK XI vijay, huss, raina , aparajit, dhoni, bravo, jadeja, ashvin, hilf, nannes, jakati or imtiaz ahmed

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Like last year, this year too, CSk will be the team to beat...if you look at overall balance of the side, i dunn see any other side coming close to tht...MI on the other hand looked a tad shaky without malinga. Also rohit and pollard are batting too deep. they'll be better served if they can get ponting at no.4....get dwayne smith/maxwell to open with sachin...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    MI need a hard hitter at top.Try Maxwell as opener or one down and still Pollard available in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    CSK to Roar again Best XI, Vijay,Huss,Raina,Badri,Bravo,Dhoni,Jadeja,Anirudha,Ashwin,Hilfy,Nannes

  • POSTED BY Neeta on | April 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @gnanzcupid: Your comment just shows your knowledge about T20 Cricket. T20 cricket needs players who can perform in all the three departments of the game, be it with the bat, the ball or in the field. Ojha fails on both accounts i.e batting and fielding as compared to Bhajji. Also regarding the bowling in T20 cricket, Harbhajan is miles better as compared to Ojha. This is T20 cricket. Do not confuse it with Test Match Cricket. Also an inform Harbhajan is miles better than Ojha in test match cricket. He needs to be given the confidence right now and people should have faith in him instead of dropping him after giving him 1 or 2 chances and expecting him to perform brilliantly in those chances in test match cricket. If u would have seen the last match, you would have seen him with excellent figures of 4 overs 21 runs and 1 wicket and tying down Chris Gayle in no small feat considering the guy was ready to hit all the bowlers out of the stadium at that time.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Csk vijay Huss raina DHONI badrinath bravo Jadeja nannies Hilfenhaus Ashwin Saha /aparajith/jakati

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    ALL the best to MI.. I hope sachin plays for longer than previous match..

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    CSK to Roar again Best XI, Vijay,Huss,Raina,Badri,Bravo,Dhoni,Jadeja,Anirudha,Ashwin,Hilfy,Nannes

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    My favourite MI XI will be 1) Sachin 2) Ponting 3) Rohit 4) Karthik 5) Rayudu 6) Pollard 7) Johnson 8) Saxena 9) Ohja 10) Kulkarni 11) Malinga

  • POSTED BY vigneshvinu on | April 6, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    1. vijay 2. hussey 3. raina 4. badirnath 5.dhoni 6. bravo 7. jadeja 8. ashwin 9. hilfenhaus 10. jakati 11. laughlin/dohrer

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | April 6, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    The reason CSK was slow starter is our opening combination wasn't set in all the editions. Hussy was committed with international cricket. So, he always join with the squad in middle of the season and likewise Bollinger. This time Hussy is available from beginning and Nannes and Bravo is available. If Hilfy maintain his line and length then all the team captains must have sweet dream to beat CSK.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 6, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Another question regarding MI strategies (other than Pollard's low batting order): Any reason why one Mr. Munaf Patel bowled the 20th over of the match after he gave away 1-4-1-1-4-6 in the 18th over ?? That cost MI another 0-4-1-1-4-6 ! And Johnson had given only 15 runs in his 3 overs, and he was not picked for the 20th over! Seemed like MI did not want to win !

  • POSTED BY alagu4ever_india4ever on | April 6, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    The Kings are here, others make way & stare from side coz they're unstoppable....

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 6, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    But for DKarthik's batting, the last MI match was boring really. Ponting especially is incapable of playing unorthodox shots and doesn't seem fit for T20. To me, the most elegant to watch are MVijay and SRT. Wish both of them score high. RSharma is elegant too, but wondering when he scored last. Yes, it is stupid to hold Pollard bat lower than Rayudu. MI must keeps Pollard's number flexible (similar to CSK keeping Badrinath flexible). Pollard must come around 14th over no matter what.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    These both are arch rivals ever since csk upset mi in 2010 final.

  • POSTED BY tiwari000000000 on | April 5, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    ojha is better bowlerand fielder than harbhajan

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 5, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Good luck to all the south african players who are taking part in this IPL season. Cant wait to see this young lad Quinton de Kock getting a game.

  • POSTED BY SRAM20 on | April 5, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    CSK this time has to dominate the league stages and bulldooze their way into the semis and final. Too much of "peaking late in the tournament" has happened with CSK. This time, hope they dominate the tournament. Winning every game would be awesome (like how Australia won two World Cups without losing a game).

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 5, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Dwayne Smith to open for and M.I Pollard to bat higher

  • POSTED BY THCL on | April 5, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    One will wonder why this happens to Mumbai. But the fact is that they haven't realized the strategies required for T20 matches. Their think tank should throw the set guidelines & plans ( if any) out of their coaching/mentor staffs laptops. What Pollard is doing for this team? Why he is in the team? Do they have any idea? At least let surprise the opponent by omitting him from the IX . Sachin + Pointing for a T20 Opening?? U r kidding coach. Please pick Nathan Coulter-Nile as an all-rounder and give him an extended run - he will sure surprise all and pick Dwayne Smith as an opener and give him at least 5 -6 matches. If he fails try Maxwell / Rohit as an opener and Pollard as 1 down. What you think cricinfo folks?

  • POSTED BY Karthik78 on | April 5, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    CSK is usually slow starter, and their bowling unit will not be up to the mark. If they improve in these areas, they will be very difficult team to beat.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    All the best to CSK to start the season With a thumping win

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | April 5, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    CSK XI ..vijay, hussy,raina,badrinath,bravo,jadeja,MSD,morris,aswin,hilfenhaus,jakati. MI..SRT,Ponting,rohit,karthik.raydu,pollard,maxwell,harbhajan,bumrah,johnson,munaf...

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Victory does not matter for the first 4 or 5 games as long as they form the winning combination and become formidable. CSK always starts slow but will become unstoppable at the end of the season. Go CSK go...!!

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | April 5, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    This is last chance to MI to regain my faith..MI WHAT ABOUT MAXWELL oram should be drop..? Still cant belive ..mumbai lost that thriller...why you make changes with line up...harbhajan instead of oram...sharma down d order...sad but my heart with MI ALWAYS..pollard must at 4 or 5

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | April 5, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Mumbai cant win as long as Harbhajan plays for them.Replace him with Ohja

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | April 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    All the best to CSK to start the season by thumping the Mumbai Indians. Best Wishes to CSK!!!

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | April 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    All the best to CSK to start the season by thumping the Mumbai Indians. Best Wishes to CSK!!!

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | April 5, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Mumbai cant win as long as Harbhajan plays for them.Replace him with Ohja

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | April 5, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    This is last chance to MI to regain my faith..MI WHAT ABOUT MAXWELL oram should be drop..? Still cant belive ..mumbai lost that thriller...why you make changes with line up...harbhajan instead of oram...sharma down d order...sad but my heart with MI ALWAYS..pollard must at 4 or 5

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Victory does not matter for the first 4 or 5 games as long as they form the winning combination and become formidable. CSK always starts slow but will become unstoppable at the end of the season. Go CSK go...!!

  • POSTED BY dsnagre on | April 5, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    CSK XI ..vijay, hussy,raina,badrinath,bravo,jadeja,MSD,morris,aswin,hilfenhaus,jakati. MI..SRT,Ponting,rohit,karthik.raydu,pollard,maxwell,harbhajan,bumrah,johnson,munaf...

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    All the best to CSK to start the season With a thumping win

  • POSTED BY Karthik78 on | April 5, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    CSK is usually slow starter, and their bowling unit will not be up to the mark. If they improve in these areas, they will be very difficult team to beat.

  • POSTED BY THCL on | April 5, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    One will wonder why this happens to Mumbai. But the fact is that they haven't realized the strategies required for T20 matches. Their think tank should throw the set guidelines & plans ( if any) out of their coaching/mentor staffs laptops. What Pollard is doing for this team? Why he is in the team? Do they have any idea? At least let surprise the opponent by omitting him from the IX . Sachin + Pointing for a T20 Opening?? U r kidding coach. Please pick Nathan Coulter-Nile as an all-rounder and give him an extended run - he will sure surprise all and pick Dwayne Smith as an opener and give him at least 5 -6 matches. If he fails try Maxwell / Rohit as an opener and Pollard as 1 down. What you think cricinfo folks?

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 5, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Dwayne Smith to open for and M.I Pollard to bat higher

  • POSTED BY SRAM20 on | April 5, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    CSK this time has to dominate the league stages and bulldooze their way into the semis and final. Too much of "peaking late in the tournament" has happened with CSK. This time, hope they dominate the tournament. Winning every game would be awesome (like how Australia won two World Cups without losing a game).